Grammy Award winners/nominees and multi-platinum selling recording artists Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Daughtry and Five For Fighting teamed up with 10 other artists to release the CD “For the Troops II” on Nov. 25.

“For the Troops II” will be available for free download by Thanksgiving for U.S. active duty military members and veterans worldwide with a valid military identification at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Web site, www.aafes.com.

Additionally, TriWest Healthcare Alliance is producing and distributing 200,000 hard copies of the CD at locations, such as military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, “America Supports You” events, USO Centers, Fisher Houses, and others across the nation and overseas.

“I’m excited that the CD ‘For the Troops’ project is back with a new roster of fantastic artists and great songs,” said John Ondrasik who performs under the pseudonym Five For Fighting and spearheaded the CD’s development. “After the response from last year’s effort, creating a sequel was a no-brainer. The CD ‘For the Troops II’ has a bit more rock and a few surprises, but at its core is a thank you to those whose sacrifice secures our freedom.”

The complete track listing of “For the Troops II” is: 3 Doors Down – “When I’m Gone;” Daughtry – “Home;” Five For Fighting – “Freedom Never Cries;” Good Charlotte – “I Don’t Want to Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem);” Gretchen Wilson – “California Girls;” Isaac Hayes – “Theme From Shaft;” Joe Perry – “Shakin’ My Cage;” Josh Groban – “Machine;” Jude – “I Think It’s Time (Everything’s Alright);” Keith Urban – “Everybody;” Maroon 5 – “Won’t Go Home Without You;” Ray Orbison – “In Dreams;” Alan Jackson – “Where I Come From” and Trace Adkins – “Fightin’ Words.”

This CD is the follow-up to the first “For the Troops” released last fall. Songs from the CD “For the Troops” were downloaded more than 350,000 times at www.aafes.com, and another 200,000 military members and retirees worldwide received hard copies of the CD.

Ondrasik partnered with AAFES, TriWest and the Recording Industry Association of America to produce and release both CDs.

For more information on the CD and the artists, visit www.cdforthetroops.com.